There are still a lot of series I really want to cover, but it’s nice to have a change of pace. I’ve been nominated for the ABC Award by NinetyBeats, my blogging senpai who writes a lot of great content and has taught me a great deal to help me with getting on the right track with my blog. I’ve seen the ABC Award posts on quite a few blogs I follow so it’s really nice to get a chance to try it out myself.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the rules go as follows:
1. Download the award logo and add it to your acceptance post.
2. Nominate a few fellow bloggers and share the award.
3. Since the award is ABC, take each letter of the alphabet and use it to tell something about yourself.
And with that, here’s my list of random delightful stuff about me or of great significance to me:
Ace Attorney – I felt anime would be a throwaway answer so I decided to start with one of my favorite game series. Ace Attorney is quite close to my heart and the series with Miles Edgeworth, a character I am extremely fond of (and inspired part of my username). I began playing the Ace Attorney series in middle school, and I suppose I can say it’s my first experience with visual novels (though I wasn’t aware of this at the time). Interestingly enough, I started with Ace Attorney Investigations as it caught my eye back when it was released, and after enjoying that thoroughly I decided to go back and play the Phoenix Wright trilogy. I never got around to completing Apollo Justice and still have yet to buy Dual Destinies, but one day I very much want to get to these.
Bones – A pretty awesome anime studio. I can’t be sure what my favorite one is, though I am pretty fond of a lot of Bones series I’ve gotten into. In particular, I enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (who hasn’t?), Eureka Seven, Star Driver, Darker than Black, and Gosick. I imagine there are a great deal more that I’ll enjoy too, so one of these days I’ll have to explore more of the Bones series out there.
Computer Science – Well, I might be jumping the gun a bit on this one, since I haven’t actually really gotten into it, but computer science is the major I’m planning to go with once I get into college. Reportedly computer science majors can end up making a lot of money (pretty much anything anywhere near the engineering realm seems to rake in a lot of cash, but most of those really don’t appeal to me) and I figure it’d be really neat to learn programming and all of the technical computer stuff. I find that I’m glued to the computer all the time anyway so it wouldn’t hurt to get some more knowledge about it.
DS – Oh the fond memories I have with my utterly delightful Nintendo DS. A good amount of my late elementary school to middle school (and a bit of high school too) entertainment was generated by the days I spent with my DS. Ace Attorney (unsurprisingly), Mario Kart DS, my Naruto games (particularly Path of the Ninja 1 and 2), Pokemon gens 4 and 5, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Professor Layton, The World Ends With You, and probably a great deal of other things I could mention too. Lots of not so distant but still fairly far away childhood memories here. Well, Professor Layton was in high school and a good deal of the things I enjoyed were middle school so I guess maybe childhood still isn’t an accurate word to use, but….you get the idea.
Electronics – I suppose this one might be fairly obvious, but a lot of my life revolves around electronics. No matter where I am, there has to be some sort of electronic for me to use to enjoy myself. Video games, my laptop, my iPod, a vast majority of my leisure time pretty much depends on electronics, with just about the only exceptions being things like manga or light novels (most of which I familiarize myself with online beforehand in the first place). While there are some ways I can enjoy myself without electronics, a lot of those won’t last long. Having gone on campouts without any of my handy dandy electronic devices to enjoy, I can say that it’s a horrible feeling for me when I go for extended periods of time being unable to use them. I wonder how I could possibly have survived in an older era….
Fabulous – Because fabulous is such a……fabulous word. I can’t say I’d deem myself a fabulous person, but fabulous stuff is pretty cool. I mean, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure? Star Driver? What’s not to like about the fabulousness? Fabulous poses make everything better, as evidenced by the JoJo above.
Gurren Lagann – My favorite anime and a story that truly means a lot to me. Gurren Lagann is such an inspiring story and I love it so much not just because I think it’s an awesome anime in general with an exciting adventure and a lovable cast, but also because it has so much significance to me. Gurren’s a story about humanity’s tenacity and how there is no obstacle that is impossible to break through. I am extremely fond of Simon’s character and can relate to him in so many ways (well, except for the part where he becomes an extremely badass character with substantial development and I’m, well, some random high schooler who can’t even dream of being so awesome, but that’s a different story). Gurren’s a story that got me through really hard times and probably the only series of anything I can say I like more as of yet is 20th Century Boys, and that was really hard for me to decide. Gurren’s the only series I’ve done a review for on MyAnimeList (which you can see here if you’d like, shameless advertising aside) so that definitely means something. It also means it’s one of the few I’ve actually rewatched, and if I actually had time to rewatch more of the series I’d like I would definitely make another MAL review for those but…..that’s for another day.
Hanazawa Kana – Kana Hanazawa is my favorite seiyuu and it makes me really happy watching a series with her voicing one of the characters. Of the series I’ve watched, Hanazawa often voices some of the more quiet and reserved characters (Kanade from Angel Beats, Anri from Durarara, and Nadeko from Monogatari come to mind). However, there are some cases where Hanazawa voices different types of characters and those are pretty neat. There actually might be a lot more of these than I realize, but the only really upbeat, energetic characters she’s voiced that come to mind for me are Mayuri from Steins;Gate and Shiro from Deadman Wonderland. Mayuri is quite an adorable character to begin with and Hanazawa’s voice only makes her even better. Hanazawa also did a great job with Shiro, though the anime covered so little of the series that we didn’t really get to see the greatest of Shiro in the anime and it feels like a missed opportunity. Then there’s Ayase from Guilty Crown, who’s practically the opposite of most Hanazawa characters. Ayase’s a lot more hotheaded and aggressive than the more introverted characters Hanazawa often voices, and it was really nice seeing how Hanazawa portrayed her. There are many seiyuu I really like and it wouldn’t be fair to say that one is better than another, though Hanazawa is definitely my personal favorite and it never hurts to find a series with her there.
ISTJ – I guess this one might be cheating a bit since it’s more like four in one, but I think that’s better than arbitrarily filling in four spots (some of which are better reserved for other things anyway). Anywho, to explain a bit, ISTJ is one of the categories of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which determines one’s personality and mindset by gauging preferences in relation to four pairs of characteristics (Introverted/Extroverted, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception). So with that, you can tell which ones I fall under. To summarize, ISTJs tend to be very fact-based and logical, typically being quite orderly and planning everything out. However, they aren’t especially in tune with their feelings or the feelings of others and often struggle to express themselves emotionally. There’s a lot more to this so if you’re interested, then it might be worth checking out more about it and it’s pretty neat seeing which category you fall under. Well, mine was fairly obvious since, for the most part, I’m a near perfect fit for many of the descriptions given about the personality type. Of course, it’s a very limited categorization subject only to a particular range of subjects and focuses, so it can’t tell everything. A couple of my friends have the exact same personality type according to this, yet are absolutely nothing alike in person.
Japanese – Well, to be more specific, Japanese American describes me better. I suppose this is a big part of why I have so much love for anime and the like, it pretty much runs in my blood. Even if I didn’t comprehend it all, Japan’s influence has been a part of my life for a good while and I’m very much proud of it now that I can truly be aware of things of this nature. Though I still have a long way to go, as I still have almost no knowledge of the Japanese language (aside from what I’ve picked up from anime) and have yet to go to Japan. Luckily for me though, I am going on vacation to Japan this summer so I’m sure it will be an amazing experience for me and I can’t wait to see what Japan has to offer. Of course, there’s still one big semester of high school taunting me now and I’ll have to graduate before I can go on my merry way to see Japan in all of its glory.
Kanon – I’ll admit that Kanon isn’t one of my super top tier favorite series and even as far as Key stories go, I have much more attachment to Clannad than Kanon. However, Kanon is of great significance to me regardless. Kanon is the series I completed back when I first created this blog and also the inspiration for the blog’s name, so I couldn’t leave this list without a nod to it. Seeing as how Kanon is also Key’s first work (and pretty much Clannad’s prototype), I suppose I owe a lot of my anime obsessions to this creation so it definitely deserved a mention. I guess in retrospect, I could have just written Key for K (which I honestly did not realize until having written most of this out for Kanon already), but I think Kanon has earned its place and, well, I guess this can count for Key too. I have so much love for Clannad, Angel Beats, and Little Busters, so seeing as how Kanon was essentially the start of it all, there has to be some sort of significance in that.
Lelouch vi Britannia – One of my all-time favorite characters (beaten out by only one other solely due to extreme personal attachment) and an utterly glorious protagonist. Code Geass is a series I very much love and Lelouch is easily the biggest reason this is the case. Lelouch’s characterization is some of the greatest I’ve seen and his growth throughout made Geass an incredibly fascinating experience for me, all the way to R2’s amazing conclusion. Geass has a fantastic cast of characters and there are definitely a great many that people can be attached to, but as far as my favorite of the series go, Lelouch definitely takes it. All hail Lelouch!
Miku – I have a lot of love for Vocaloid, and particularly the great Hatsune Miku. I still remember the absolute glory of seeing Mikunopolis at Anime Expo 2011, it was truly a fascinating experience for me and I don’t know if any concert experience can ever top that (well, besides an even more glorious Vocaloid concert). After being utterly amazed by that concert, it was no wonder I was captivated by the realm of Vocaloids. One thing I really love about Vocaloids is the amazing potential they have, as long as human creativity exists, Vocaloid music can really go anywhere and there really is no limit to just how much great Vocaloid material can be produced. It’s truly quite a wonderful fandom to have and I have my great Miku experiences to thank for that. It was tempting to put Vocaloids for V, but I had another (admittedly much simpler) idea before that so this will have to do. Also, I put up my favorite Miku song, Senbonzakura. Never gets old for me.
Naruto – Ah, Naruto, the (sort of) start of it all. While there are other anime I watched a good deal before it (particularly Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Inuyasha), it really was Naruto that got me going with the realm of anime and manga more than any other. I absolutely adored part 1 and still have fond memories of it even to this day. Part 2, well, I’m not nearly as fond of it, but I wouldn’t consider it bad either. I have a lot of fond memories with Naruto (especially in regard to the games and some of my forum interactions, which I owe completely to my love for this series) and even if I don’t worship it the same way I used to 5 years ago, there’s no denying that Naruto was a significant part of my life and I don’t regret reading it even if I find many other series more enjoyable today.
Obsessive – Well, I am obsessive about anime, but that’s not quite what I mean. More along the lines of my obsessive tendencies and things that just drive me crazy. As in, I’m the type of person who, when I’m hungry, would rather finish reading the chapter of whatever book or manga I’m on than to stop right there to eat, just because the idea of picking up in the middle of whatever scene bothers me. I’m the type of person who would spend a great deal of time organizing how things are on my bookshelf simply because it would annoy me for it not to be placed the way I want it to be (I’m not nearly so generous to alphabetize books in a library that aren’t properly placed or something like that, though seeing them unalphabetized isn’t so pleasant). Things of that nature. Usually it tends to involve things in relation to order or completeness. Nothing life-ruining or anything, though sometimes my obsessiveness about trivial things like is more inconvenient than I’d like.
Piano – I began taking piano lessons in second grade, and this continued for many, many years to come. Piano is a really neat instrument in that a single person can provide both the main melody and the accompanying chords without any other instruments to support it. Piano is an instrument with a great amount of possibilities and with enough skill and creativity, players can do whatever they want with it and this can make some truly amazing results. Admittedly, I’ve taken a bit of a break from piano to try out the guitar (which I hardly practice at all due to being pretty busy with schoolwork and am thus not nearly such a great player) and it’s nice to try something new, though I don’t think I’ll ever be quite so fond of an instrument as I am of the piano.
Quiche – Because quiches are tasty. I suppose it may be a bit of a cop out to pick this since I don’t have a lifelong compulsive desire to eat quiches all the time and they aren’t necessarily one of my top favorite foods, but Q is a pretty difficult letter to come up with an idea for and either way, quiches taste nice anyway so why not? Makes me want to eat one now that I think about it……
Rin Tohsaka – My absolute favorite character and, well, I suppose I might use the term waifu but that feels a bit silly. Anyway, a couple years ago I began watching Fate/stay night, and even with the anime and movie alone I found myself incredibly fond of her character. Even before I began watching, I really liked her character design and she turned out to be the type of character I really like so it’s no surprise, though I do find that I ended up liking her much more than I expected. Playing through the Fate/stay night visual novel, I’ve only become more fond of her character and she really is one of the highlights of that whole experience. She was amazing in Fate and needless to say, Unlimited Blade Works did wonders with her being a big focus (as well as pretty much all my favorite characters of F/SN). Still playing Heaven’s Feel and she’s still awesome as ever, though it’s much less her route than it is a bunch of other characters’.
Super Smash Bros. – Ah, Super Smash Bros., a series of games I spent quite a bit of time on in years past. I remember when I was really young, I played the original SSB on Nintendo 64, and it was a pretty fun game, if a bit limited. However, it was Melee that really started the whole SSB enjoyment for me. A lot of my elementary school game playing involved Melee and it was such a blast playing it with groups of friends at parties and the like. I remember loving to use Roy and Marth, despite not knowing who in the world they were since Fire Emblem was largely unknown to the US back when Melee first came out (and yet I still have yet to actually play any Fire Emblem games…..one day, one day). Then there’s Brawl. Before Brawl was released, I was incredibly hyped about it and followed all of the news for it, excited about all the characters that were set to come and having a new gen Smash Bros. at last. And to no surprise, I spent loads and loads of time on Brawl just as I did with Melee, enjoying the new characters introduced and once again enjoying a game with groups of friends. Since I was in middle school through most of my Brawl phase, I was definitely able to get better with Brawl than with Melee (also in part because Melee is a faster-paced and more difficult game to begin with) and even though I’m rusty now after all that time, I’m still a pretty decent SSBB player. I haven’t been so fixated on checking out updates for the new SSB game coming out (largely because I’m not in a big game phase like I often was before) but I’m still incredibly excited about it. Megaman in a Smash Bros. game? That’s enough for me to throw out some cash. I might not rush to pick it up and I can’t say for sure how much time I’ll devote to it, but it IS Smash Bros., and for that reason alone I’m positive I’ll enjoy it.
Tsundere – Going back to Rin, a big reason I am really fond of her is because, to begin with, I have a lot of love for most tsunderes. Something about them just works for me and I find that a lot of them are really lovable. Maybe it’s because they’re often the nicest people at heart despite putting up a really harsh facade, and some series make great use of that to characterize them. I might not like every tsundere in existence, but as far as character archetypes go, they’re probably the ones I’m most attached to.
Urasawa Naoki – There’s no way I could’ve missed out on mentioning Naoki Urasawa, my favorite manga artist. Urasawa wrote 20th Century Boys, my favorite manga and as of yet, my favorite overall series. 20th Century Boys is truly a brilliant manga, with a very well-written plot and an extraordinary cast of characters that do a fantastic job of contributing to the story. Urasawa is also well known for Monster and Pluto, which I may not have enjoyed as much as 20th CB but still find to be great manga that are extremely worthwhile and very much delightful reads. If you enjoy reading manga but haven’t tried any Urasawa series, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and go read one (preferably 20th CB, but Monster and Pluto are also fine choices so no trouble there). You won’t be disappointed.
Video Games – I was tempted to put visual novels here, but seeing as they’re video games and games cover a wider range, well, why not? Admittedly I don’t play games nearly as much now as I have in the past, but I still have a lot of love for them. Video games pretty much made my childhood and before I got sucked into the world of anime completely, games were my #1 source of entertainment. Not that I wasn’t an anime fan before (quite a few of my childhood games are, in fact, games for the anime I enjoyed) but I certainly spent just as much time, if not more of it, on video games when I was younger. Probably around middle school (and if not that, definitely high school) that my anime and manga obsession got into full gear, but I can still appreciate an awesome game even if I don’t have the time for a lot of them now.
White Album 2 – Decided to pick this since it happens to be the anime I’m watching right now. So far I watched 9 out of 13 episodes with my friend, and it’s really good. Both of the main female characters are great characters and I love them both, and the character relationships and drama work very well here. And I can’t go without mentioning the utterly amazing music. It has such glorious insert songs and the OST works perfectly as well. A guy like me that absolutely loves music could not possibly dislike this experience with such amazing songs. The song White Album in particular (which I’ve put right up there) is especially lovely. I haven’t watched the original White Album and I’ve heard that it isn’t especially good, but now I’m tempted to watch it even if only for music’s sake….
Xion’s Theme – Mostly because I really struggled to figure out something, but then I remembered this. Honestly though, this is an awesome song. As is the boss battle version of this song as well. Listening to these songs reminds me of all the feels I got from 358/2 Days, it’s such a tragic story. 358/2 Days is love and so is Kingdom Hearts in general. One of these days I seriously need to go back and play through all of those.
Yuno Gasai – Another one of my favorite characters, having been my #1 character a few years back when I read through Future Diary. Yuno was my introduction to yanderes and I haven’t yet encountered one I’m more fond of. In any case, I really enjoyed reading (and later watching) Future Diary, and I owe a lot of this to Yuno. Yuno’s a character I really like because even though she can kill without hesitation and fight off a vast majority of the people in the series, she has a really sweet side in that she loves Yuki (for whatever reason). She was pretty badass in the beginning and I really did feel for her as more about her character was revealed later on. Along with Tohsaka and Lelouch, Yuno is a member of my Heavenly Trio of Fabulous Fave Characters (the capitalization was extremely unnecessary, I know, but I felt compelled to do it regardless). Interesting how these three are very different and yet I have such love for all of them.
Zatch Bell! – A manga that I really love and feel more people should give a try. Zatch Bell is a series that I was first acquainted with many years ago when I watched Toonami. I very much enjoyed watching it back then, but eventually its American run was canceled, and while I later learned that a good amount of episodes beyond where it stopped in America were dubbed, it was never completed in America. Nor was its American manga release, which was ultimately dropped a good 8 volumes or so before it could be completed. Anywho, a couple years ago, I was in a manga phase and I happened to see Zatch Bell in one of my random Viz manga volumes (probably a 20th Century Boys volume but I’m not entirely sure) and remembered it from years past. I decided to give it a read, feeling I might as well try it out since I liked it before, but was surprised to find that I not only liked it, but absolutely loved it. While Zatch Bell does seem kiddy and may look hard to take seriously, it is one of the most engaging action Shounens I have ever encountered. It’s a story with a lot of heart and a bunch of serious development and emotional moments in spite of looking like something 5 year olds would like. It’s been a very long time since I watched the anime (which seemed to do a pretty good job from what I remember), though as far as I’m aware it changed/removed a lot from the second to last major arc of the series (my favorite ZB arc) and completely left out the final arc, skipping to the final battle of the series…….without actually showing what happens. That just screams disappointment so I worry about how much I’d enjoy the anime and I’m not sure how much I can vouch for its quality. But as for the manga? It’s a lovely read and, in my opinion, severely underrated. It’s a series I would easily recommend and, if it was ever released in its entirety in America, buy in a heartbeat.
And there’s my list, which took me much longer and required a lot more effort than I had anticipated. Some of these were quick no-brainers, but others really made me think. A lot.
And with that, I nominate:
Of course, if you haven’t given this a try yet and want to give it a shot, by all means use this as an excuse to go ahead. I’m finishing up a bit later than I intended so I probably won’t remember everyone I could possibly nominate, and quite a few people I can think of have already beaten me to it anyway. Anywho, hopefully reading this list was as worthwhile for you as making it was for me. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, though hopefully I won’t agonize over what to pick for certain letters. That’s always a killer. It was nice to try something different for a change and I really should give some other ideas a try as well. That said, there’s a lot I still want to write about, so that might take quite a long while.